Broadview’s Two C’s: Care and Communication
Published on May 18, 2015 by Staff Writer
“Our students are so passionate about learning how to take care of other people’s pets, said Dr. Tami Hinderager, Resident and Regional Attending Veterinarian for Broadview University-Boise. “Part of that responsibility is knowing how to communicate with their owners.”
This quarter, seven veterinary technology students: Charity Thompson, Jeff Graham, Ashley Halverson, Rachel Evanovich, Lucas Noon-Ekman, Stephanie Maynard, and Corey Gustafson had the opportunity practice their grooming expertise and communication skills at Nampa’s first Homeless Veterans Stand Down event.
The students conversed with the pet owners that came by and helped them select the appropriate toys, collars, and food for their pets.
“The Idaho Humane Society gave us the toys and treats, and West Valley Humane Society donated the food,” explained Holly Morss, CVT and Veterinary Technology Executive Program Chair.
If owners had their pets at the event, the students trimmed their nails, cleaned their ears, and brushed them. Before the event officially started, the students gave nail trims to two Chihuahuas.
“The second one was better,” said Corey. “The first had black and white fur so it was harder to see its nails.”
One Chihuahua owner appreciated the students being there. “The nails hadn’t been clipped in forever,” she said.
Four more dog owners brought their pets by for the students’ grooming services, and others left with gear for their pets at home.
For Ashley, Rachel, Lucas, and Stephanie, they along with fellow classmates Autumn Weston and Taylor Parker also had the opportunity to lead a mini-lab for animal science pathway students from Centennial, Meridian High, Mountain View, Eagle, and Rocky Mountain High Schools that recently toured the campus.
Autumn, Ashley, Lucas, Rachel, Stephanie, and Taylor demonstrated how to dissect owl pellets and identify the bones in them to the high school students and assisted the students with their own dissections.
Dr. Tami explained how veterinary students’ involvement in the mini-lab and Stand Down event could help them care for pets and communicate with their owners in the future.
“Once these students graduate, they will no longer be the students, but the teachers,” said Dr. Tami. “We hope that through some of these hands on interactive activities, we can both give back to our communities as well as give the students valuable real life communication and teaching experiences.”
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